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Initial post: Jun 3, 2012 7:24:43 PM PDT
marsh winds says:
does anyone have a way to keep the squirrels from eating the figs off my tree without hurting the squirrels?

Posted on Jun 7, 2012 11:40:43 PM PDT
Laura G says:
Can you spray the whole tree with hot pepper spray? They can't stand hot pepper. unless you eat the figs, not sure if you can wash it off. But maybe if you do it once they will learn to stay away. squirrels are really smart so it might work. Look for other things you can spray on that are food based that are repellant to squirrels. Maybe you can find something that can wash off easily and won't get absorbed by the figs if the pepper doesn't work.

Posted on Jun 8, 2012 3:54:01 AM PDT
Heather S says:
Can you put some sort of fencing wire around them? I don't know how big of plants figs are, but you'd have to enclose the top as well. However, this would make it difficult for you to get to your own figs. Today, I was walking through my flower beds and noticed a freshly dug hole where I have calla lilies. Walked further up the side of the house and found the bulb. Little jerks!

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 5, 2012 5:08:31 PM PDT
chongobongo says:
We has a problem with squirrels eating our peaches before they were ripe.They seemed to only eat half of a peach, then started on another.We found some netting for this purpose at Home Depot( our tree is only about 15 ft high) It took several rolls of this netting, but it works great! Now, the only problem is june bugs!

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 9, 2012 10:41:38 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 9, 2012 10:43:55 PM PDT
maruja says:
Try this: Plant aromatic herbs around(Basil-Oregano-Thyme-etc), squirrels apparently hate them. Being too busy, I forgot to put my herbs where I normally do and left them where I had the Caladiums which they ate before. To my surprise, days later the Caladiums were coming back, they are fine now, the squirrels stayed away. I have squirrels galore, they are a plague, even chewing the wood on the storage shed. I have also other aromatic plants and no squirrel goes near them.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 13, 2012 4:40:58 AM PDT
Ed L. Evers says:
Leave the June Bugs alone...Mites love peach trees and June Bugs love mites..I order them on line every spring for my veggi garden.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 16, 2012 9:58:21 AM PDT
edfan says:
Wow, maruja, thanks for the tip on planting herbs! I lost a pile of iris bulbs like that. Also palm seedlings at another house.

I wonder if there's a birth control ingredient we could add to squirrel food?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 19, 2012 12:39:06 AM PDT
maruja says:
Edfan, I am glad to help. The herbs' placing by me was due to lack of time to plant them where I normally do LOL, but it seems to work and I have other -non herbs- fragrant plants. I wish I knew of a birth control potion for them. Oh.. It may be a coincidence but my next door neighbor and I recently also added (because of a great sale price) some solar path lights -36 total-and we don't see squirrels near them either.

Posted on Aug 28, 2012 1:09:38 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 31, 2012 2:40:28 PM PDT
C W says:
Used to have this problem. I tossed a closely woven net over the tree, fastening it at the bottom. Whenever I harvested figs, I left some extra in the bird bath for the squirrels. They know right where to go!

NETS WORK!

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 29, 2012 3:43:24 PM PDT
reefisher says:
I have to use a bird netting for my figs too. We have problems with birds, raccoon, coyotes, and worst of all fig beetles eating our figs. The bird netting stops them all but the beetles. It does slow them down though and makes it easier to squash them. The only good that I can deduce about the beetles is that their grubs help compost our yard waste, like little cows chomping through the grass clippings.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 3, 2012 5:36:58 PM PDT
Feed them more and just sit back and enjoy! Cause you aint gonna stop em no matter what!

Posted on Sep 4, 2012 4:43:36 PM PDT
Barbara Cox says:
I see a lot of suggestions for planting around the bottom of a tree...remember, squirrels travel from tree to tree..they have a path or freeway of their own across the tops of trees and wires...I cannot see that planting something at the bottom is of any use, unless the tree stands alone from wires and other trees...if a squirrel wants food, their is no stopping them...good luck..

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 5, 2012 9:18:00 AM PDT
David J says:
a pellet gun works great!

Posted on Sep 14, 2012 7:27:15 PM PDT
i use to have a squirrel problem.i live in the country so i have squirrels galore.the best remidy i found is to put 1 once of lead behind their ear and wellaaa no more squirrels they make a great stew. yum yum.

Posted on Sep 17, 2012 4:07:38 PM PDT
R. Manhard says:
Why would you care about hurting the tree rats?

Posted on Sep 22, 2012 4:12:51 AM PDT
W. Graham says:
See if you can import a Hawk. They love Squirrls

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 22, 2012 10:03:44 AM PDT
Sal Sandone says:
use a net

Posted on Jul 12, 2013 7:36:55 AM PDT
Not Javert says:
Worst suggestion ever about importing a hawk. I have lost 2 chickens this year because hawks. I only have 3 left.

I'm having the same problem with my figs. My dogs usually chase them off but I don't keep them out there in this heat. I considered a bb gun but my tree is 15 feet tall and in a cops that 14 feet long so I can't even see them once they are inside that mass. And because of the size netting is a no go.

I'm wondering if hanging pie pans on the tree would help? Or maybe one of those inflatable snakes?

I'm willing to use a bb gun if I can catch them in the act. They are so sneaky. They eat all my peaches, then graze on my unripe granny smith apples, and now I can't get any figs because as soon as they start to mature the squirrels get them as well. I think some possums visit my trees too but are less frequent.

Heck, between the squirrels, possums and neighborhood kids I'm lucky to get a dozen apples off my tree each year. That's too much work to lose it to thieves.

Also, if you don't want to eat squirrels then put them in a black soldier fly farm. They'll compost those squirrels down and convert them to chicken feed.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 6, 2013 2:37:45 PM PDT
I would try the hot pepper spray. I saw that recommendation somewhere on this post regarding keeping squirrels out of your bird feeders. I tried it yesterday. I sprinkled hot sauce (the kind you buy in a bottle - it's thin and easy to spray or sprinkle) on the deck rail, which is the squirrels' primary route to the bird feeder and went back in the house to see what would happen. The squirrels scampered across the deck rail on their way to the hanging feeder and stopped as soon as they smelled the hot sauce. Pretty soon, they turned around and jumped back into their trees. The birds did the same thing. They smelled it and fluttered down to the deck rail to find out if it was friend or foe. When they were satisfied, they flew back up to the feeder. No problem! This is so amazingly successful, I don't know why it isn't more widely known. Squirrels hate it. Birds don't mind it.

Posted on Aug 13, 2013 7:31:46 AM PDT
Nick says:
BB gun won't get you results. I bought a crossman air rifle and bagged 15 squirrels since. Happy hunting for those rodents.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 13, 2013 2:17:37 PM PDT
How about fried with gravy?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 21, 2013 9:21:33 AM PDT
J. P. Cory says:
Thanks for the herb tip regarding squirrels BUT what if they get to my mango tree from another tree?? Can you suggest anything. They are the biggest nuisance around my yard.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 21, 2013 9:24:12 AM PDT
J. P. Cory says:
I agree

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 21, 2013 9:28:52 AM PDT
J. P. Cory says:
I was told putting mothballs in a woman's nylon stocking or similar ly meshed unit. and the squirrels cannot take moth balls or flakes. the stocking keeps the moth balls away from the fruit.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 24, 2013 3:21:14 PM PDT
Victoria says:
There is a electronic device that you can install. The sound that it puts out you cannot hear it. The rats ,moles, squirles, skunks, cats dogs can hear it and they will stay away. The more expensive the further the sound will carry. The device will not go thru a solid wall. So you have to mount where the sound is not blocked.
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